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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Croots Farm Shop and Café worthy of a place in national awards final, say fellow farm retailers

Successful Derbyshire farm shop and café Croots has been unveiled as a finalist in the prestigious national Farm Retail Awards.

Having made the shortlist, the farm shop and café at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, must now wait for the verdict of mystery shoppers from customer experience experts Insight 6 before the Farm Retail Association reveals the overall winner at an awards ceremony at the National FRA conference in Nottingham in early March.

MOSAIC WORKSHOP at Shipley Country Park


12noon – 4.30pm

MOSAIC WORKSHOP at Shipley Country Park

An introductory workshop to the art of mosaics. We will guide you while you create a stunning piece of mosaic artwork to take home. All equipment and materials provided. Suitable for beginners.

Cost: £30 per person. Parking charges apply.

Further Information: Not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Participants must be able to use hand tools.

£80m city scheme approved

The green light has been given by Bondholder Derby City Council for an £80m mixed-use development scheme adjoining Pride Park, to be called St Modwen Park Derby.

The 70-acre site will include 650,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space for a flexible mix of uses, with Bondholder Innes England acting as joint agent for the site.

Airfield unlocked by D2N2

Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to provide £1 million to create a new link road to unlock the development of Ashbourne Airfield.

The £10.7m scheme, next to the Airfield Industrial Estate, would see the creation of the nine-acre Ashbourne Business Park, a new housing development and a new roundabout and link road.

Lubrizol breaks fundraising records to help prevent heartbreak

STAFF at a Derbyshire firm have put their heart and soul into raising a record-breaking sum of money for the company’s chosen charity and learned lifesaving skills in return.

Employees at Lubrizol, in Hazelwood, near Belper, have collected a total of £10,515 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by organising and supporting a series of activities over the past 12 months.

Lubrizol has agreed to support the charity for two years and its staff wasted no time getting into fundraising action when the partnership was launched 12 months ago.

Enjoy ‘A Little Night Music’ With Sinfonia Viva

The Grammy-nominated orchestra of the East Midlands, Sinfonia Viva, returns to Derby Cathedral next month under the baton of principal conductor Frank Zielhorst for ‘A Little Night Music’ on March 25.

The programme starts with the programme’s inspiration - Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’. 

The serenade is one of Mozart’s most enduringly-popular pieces of work. Completed in 1787, it was not published until 1827 – long after Mozart’s death – and is now an instantly recognisable piece used widely in television and film scores.  

Powerful Creative Project Focuses On Saving The Planet

A group of young people are working with Derby-based regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva on a creative project that tackles the emotive subject of global warming.

Students from Becket and Firs primary schools, The Bemrose School and Derby College are taking part in ‘Energy’ – the latest in the award-winning Orchestra’s series of projects aimed at bringing science, maths and technology subjects to life through music.

Cheque Presentation Marks Launch of Wathall’s Wish Campaign

Family-owned funeral directors, Wathall’s, have launched a new community support pledge with the presentation a giant cheque to Derby charity Safe and Sound.

Wathall’s Wish will support a different charity every month over the coming year either with money, volunteering or donations of goods and services.  The common theme is that all these charities provide support for people at difficult times in their lives.

Ambassadors Fly The Flag For Safe and Sound

A group of high-profile local people have pledged their support for Derby-based charity Safe and Sound as it forges ahead with its expansion plans.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman, former Rams captain Shaun Barker, BAFTA winning actor Molly Windsor and business owner Amanda Strong are the first to join Safe and Sound’s Ambassador programme.

As well as highlighting the charity’s work amongst their own networks, they have pledged to support the charity’s Butterfly Appeal.